Dick Hanscom forwarded this announcement of a new edition of his book on striking gold tokens.
Alaska Rare Coins is pleased to announce the publication of the 3rd edition of Dick Hanscom's book "Striking Gold in Alaska, Making Tokens From Placer Gold."
This 91 page paper bound book (8¼ by 5 3/8 inches) is fully illustrated in black and white with color covers. It follows the process from purchasing placer gold, preparing the gold for striking, engraving the dies and striking. Formulas are given for fluxes, specific gravity and determining the size of the tokens. Sources of supplies and equipment are listed.
Information is included for the drop hammer and screw press. Also included are sections on A Little Physics, X-Ray Fluorescence and current mintages.
There is also additional information on striking silver.
The price is $14 postpaid from Alaska Rare Coins, P.O. Box 72832, Fairbanks, AK 99707.
This edition is rearranged into what I believe is a more appropriate order than the 2nd edition. Items that have been rearranged can be found in "Further Adventures in Minting." Silver is a cheap (until recently!) substitute for gold. I have been playing with silver since 2007. More information on minting silver is included in this edition. While formulas for specific gravity were included in previous editions, how to do a specific gravity test was not. It is now included, along with instructions on how to turn your digital scale into a specific gravity scale.
The regular price is $14 postpaid. For purchasers of a previous edition, your price is $10 postpaid.
BTW, I purchased some gold from Slate Creek in the Rampart district yesterday (the same miner as the placer silver). I made the die, melted the gold, made the blanks and struck the tokens all in 4 hours! A record for me.
He is supposed to bring in more placer silver this week. Then the fun really begins!
To read an earlier E-Sylum review, see:
NEW BOOK: STRIKING GOLD IN ALASKA BY DICK HANSCOM
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